Posts Tagged ‘Foundation’

March 31, 2013 2:23 pm

Get the Look: Sun-Kissed, Dewy Skin

Get The Look

Makeup trends are constantly changing and evolving. There are always different looks that are more popular during different times. For a long time, having perfectly matte porcelain skin was the it look. Now, trends tend to be turning more towards a dewy, sun-kissed look. This look is flattering on all skin types and all ages. Dewy skin is a sign of youth, so achieving this look on a more mature client is ideal. There are a few different ways to achieve this look. Here are a few…

First off, getting that sun-kissed glow…

Adding a little warmth flatters any skin tone, if done properly. Achieving that sun-kissed look is just a few steps away. Lucky are those with naturally sun-kissed skin, but for those of us who need some help to achieve the look, we can do so by using a few simple products. Using a self-tanner is always a great way to achieve a safe sun-kissed glow, but if you are looking for a quick fix, try a liquid bronzer or bronzing gel. Apply it before any makeup and be sure to apply the product all the way down your neck (if applying on a client, use a foundation brush for your application). A product like this can be used on any skin tone, even extremely pale skin – just be sure to blend! Look for a “bronzer gel” or “liquid bronzer,” like this product from Clarins called “Self-Tanning Instant Gel.”

Next up, adding a dewy sheen to the skin…

Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer

Personally, I love the Laura Mercier Illuminating Tinted Moisturizer! Use this product on its own or mix with a foundation. If you decide to use this product on its own, I suggest setting with a matte powder or bronzer to take down a bit of the sheen.

Illuminating Primer

There are tons of illuminating primers out there. This is a great one by Fresh called Twilight Fresh Faced Glow. Apply before foundation for that lit from within glow coming from underneath the foundation.

Liquid Illuminator

Liquid illuminators are a more concentrated formula. That means they are almost opaque in their finish. That being said, you want to be more careful with your application. A liquid illuminator is perfect for mixing with foundations or applied sparingly to certain areas of the face. Lightly tap and blend with your fingertips onto the tops of the cheekbones, bridge of the nose, or anywhere you want to highlight. Usually these products come in a few different shades. Choosing an appropriate shade for your skin tone is important. For example, this Illamasqua illuminator comes in three shades: “Glimmer – Golden Tan,” “Odyssey – White Pearl” and “Poised – Pale Pink.” A darker or olive complexion would benefit from the golden tan shade while a more porcelain skin would complement the white pearl shade.

Any of these three products is a great way to add light reflection and an illuminating finish to your look. Like I said, mixing a liquid illuminator with your foundation is a great option, and using an illuminating primer as the base for your foundation will do the trick as well.

Follow up with a bronzer and blush to finish the look and ta-dah! Beautiful, dewy, sun-kissed skin!

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Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


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We all do it, continue on the quest for that perfect foundation. To help you guys out a bit I’m reviewing my experience with some foundations I’ve tried.

When it comes to looking for a foundation there are a few key elements to keep in mind. Do you have dry, oily, or combination skin? Do you find that makeup doesn’t last? What current products are you using for your foundation and what do you like or dislike about them? These are questions you should ask yourself or your client.

Once you have determined these elements, here are a few guidelines to follow when choosing a foundation:

Oily skin: Oily skin can go a few different ways. There are now tons of liquid foundations that also mattify the skin. A powder would also work and many oily skins feel more comfortable with that. Look for mattifying, full coverage liquid or powder.

Dry skin: With dry skin, you should stay away from powders, and use them only to do minor setting if needed. Look for liquid, hydrating, moisture, or dewy.

Combination skin: Combination requires exactly that – a combination of products. Two different products for two different skin types, with the exception of certain liquids that work on both oily and dry skin. Look for liquid, mattifying, combination skin, powder, or cream to powder.

Here are five different foundations that are in high demand with my clients and popular among bloggers:

Make Up For Ever HD Invisible Cover Foundation

This is a great medium coverage foundation, but only if you don’t have a ton of imperfections to conceal or smooth out. If you need a nice even wash of color and coverage, it’s great! If you have extremely dry or oily skin I would suggest you avoid this product. This product gives an amazing finish on normal to slightly combination skin with little to no pigmentation, acne or other skin concerns. With that being said, I can’t count the number of times I’ve had a clear-skinned client tell me she needs full coverage for her acne. Sometimes we misjudge our own appearance (I know I’m guilty of this!). Be sure to set those misconceptions aside when determining the foundation you need.

Kat Von D Lock-it Tattoo Foundation

This is a full coverage foundation. It’s buildable, but it also sheers out nicely. I would avoid this product if you have very dry skin (or make sure you exfoliate and hydrate well before application). The product is so thick and full that the texture can verge on feeling like a cream to powder and might stick to dry skin. With dry skin you need something that glides over, smoothing and hydrating as it goes. Mixing foundations is also a great way to get the exact finish you want, so try customizing your own foundation! Mix this with a tinted moisturizer to sheer it out or mix it with something luminizing to add a dewy finish. Don’t be afraid to get creative.

Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer

“Laura Mercier Tinted Moisturizer is a sheer, lightweight formula with a hint of color you can use in place of foundation for a natural finish and a healthy glowing complexion.”

The description says it all. This product is perfect for just a slight wash of colour and evenness. Any skin type with any skin concern can wear this product. It looks natural and not like you’re obviously wearing makeup. The reason I say any type of skin can wear this is because even for acne-prone skin, a sheer application can take a lot of redness down and won’t look cakey or flakey on problem areas. There’s always the option of using a concealer to cover problem areas, leaving the rest of the skin with a natural sheer finish.

MAC Mineralize Skinfinish Natural

This powder is not quite a foundation. It’s almost like a tinted moisturizer in powder form, but you are able to build it up more. It gives a beautiful luminous finish to the skin, avoiding an overly powdery look. This powder is perfect for any skin type, although with any powder you want to ensure dry areas are hydrated first. It’s great for setting a liquid foundation or for a foundation retouch throughout the day. I’ve used it to blot over oil spots to mattify as well!

Laura Mercier Crème Smooth Foundation

This cream foundation has a natural buildable coverage. Cream foundations tend to be for more mature skin or if you have concerns with fine lines or wrinkles. With mature skin comes the possibility of dryness as we tend to lose moisture with age. Therefore, this product would also be great for dry skin. This product is light and fluffy, so it doesn’t add cakiness to creased or dry areas but gently glides over problem areas, filling in lines and hydrating dryness. Just because this is geared to a more mature client does not mean that this foundation wouldn’t be a perfect fit for a younger client, depending on skin type.

I hope you guys feel more “in the know” on some popular products out there, as well as what to look for when it comes to different skin types. Happy makeup-ing!

brittany hallWritten by Brittany Hall
Makeup by Brittany
Visit Brittany on Twitter and Facebook

Brittany Hall has established herself as a freelance makeup artist, with over five years experience in the industry. She’s also an established blogger – on “Makeup by Brittany”, she blogs about fashion, beauty, home decor, and makeup. She brings her flair to the QC blog with regular posts about her experience in the beauty biz.


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February 22, 2013 7:21 pm

How to Avoid Cakey Foundation

Have you ever completed the perfect foundation application and set it with your favorite setting powder only to look in the mirror and see cakey foundation? It’s a problem many of us have likely encountered, but there are a few simple steps to keep this from happening. Read on below to find out!

  1. Moisturize your skin, including an eye creamApplying makeup on top of well moisturized skin will keep your foundation and setting powder from clinging to any dry patches or flaky areas. Using an eye cream in the under eye area, and extending it out to your temple, will add an extra boost of moisture to this region and keep the area looking lifted and brightened. An eye cream will also ensure your concealer sits nicely on top of your skin and Keep your makeup from looking cakeydoesn’t settle into any fine lines or wrinkles.
  2. Use a primerIf you have oily skin, use the primer of your choice all over your face. If you have combination skin, apply a bit of primer over any areas that are prone to become oily throughout the day. If you have dry skin, you may be able to get away with using a very hydrating moisturizer and no primer. Take your time and find the combination of moisturizer and primer (if any!) that works for you. Using a primer will help even out your skin tone and texture, allowing your makeup to be more smoothly and evenly applied across the face.
  3. Apply less foundationOne of the biggest mistakes makeup wearers make is using too much foundation. However much you’re using right now, you could probably cut it down to 2/3 or even 1/2. The thinner you apply your foundation, the better your concealer will sit on top of it and the quicker your application will dry. This will be extremely helpful in avoiding your setting powder from looking cakey, as you need to wait until your makeup is completely dry before applying setting powder.
  4. Wait for your foundation and concealer to complete dry before applying powderWhen you apply setting powder on top of foundation or concealer before it’s finished drying, you’ll notice it starts to bunch and look cakey. This can be avoided by using less foundation, waiting for the application to completely dry, and then applying a dusting of setting powder across the face – focusing on the areas that are more likely to become shiny or oily throughout the day. A trick to keep a fresh, dewy-looking complexion is to only apply powder to these oil prone areas, and to skip applying powder on less oily areas of the face such as the temple, upper lip region, jaw line, and cheek bones.

Do you have any other tips for keeping your foundation looking flawless? If you do, then post them on our Facebook page!